— Florence KANAAN
People usually think that a strong manager is someone who is determined and solid. They consider that anyone who has big responsibilities and everything under control is a strong manager. But what is a strong manager and leader?
In reality, we all face many obstacles and changes but a good leader will show his strength in the way he handles these situations.
Many progresses have been made in the expertise of management. The old-fashioned management (controlling, budgeting, forecasting and planning) is being more and more replaced by the modern-day leadership (coaching, listening and reinforcing people) but people still need more time to learn the new-millennium leadership techniques. And unfortunately, most corporations and institutions are not being able to teach leaders how to lead.
What characterizes strong leaders is that they listen more than they talk. They ask their teammates what to do when there is any problem to be solved rather than giving them orders.
Nevertheless, how can you tell that your boss is a weak leader?
Here are some tips …
Weak Managers Already Know the Answer
A weak manager will ignore any sensible suggestion you make and will try to put you down. He does not want his authority to be questioned.
On the other hand, a strong manager will listen to you and try to understand you by asking you questions on what you are proposing and how it might help.
A poor manager is inflexible whereas a strong manager is human and resilient.
Weak Managers will tell you what you are doing wrong instead of what you are doing right
A weak manager will highlight the mistakes their teammates do whereas a strong manager will support and encourage the great things they achieve. You can do 99% of your job correctly, but a weak manager will point out the 1% that you could have done better.
Weak managers only care about remaining in the control position and destabilizing people. Therefore, if you feel you are going to work while being afraid to do a mistake rather than thinking of the great things you can achieve, then you have a weak manager
Weak managers bully and harass people
A weak manager doubts himself a lot. He will make himself feel better by putting other people down. He can shout many put-downs such as “I thought you had experience in this field!” or “That was a dumb mistake” or even “Why don’t you have that report finished yet? What’s wrong with you?”.
Weak managers do not want to hear what you think
A weak manager will not ask any of his teammates his opinion. He will not let them say anything about the work they are accomplishing. Doing that can threaten his sense of authority.
A strong manager knows that every person in his team can always contribute in solving the latest obstacles at work. He will constantly ask them to participate in any issue they face as a team.
Weak managers do not want to change anything
A weak manager does not want to change anything because he views change as a threat to him.
A strong manager is always enthusiastic about doing things better and changing things around him for the right cause.
Weak managers are very afraid
A weak manager is always afraid of his bosses, of their peers and even of his own shadow.
If you have this king of manager, you are better off working for someone else….